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Google Just Banned 150 More Dangerous Apps from Android  

You must be on the lookout for scammers regardless of the gadget you are using. Any email you receive, any text you receive, or any software you download could be harmful. There isn’t a week that goes by without a new threat, and this week’s is a collection of fraudulent Android apps on Google Play. In recent weeks, the cybersecurity software business Avast has been reporting on a fraud campaign dubbed UltimaSMS.

The premium SMS fraud campaign included 151 apps, according to Avast. These phoney Android apps imitate actual utilities such as photo editors and camera filters, as well as games and QR code readers. Their goal is to persuade victims to sign up for costly SMS services. If you download the UltimaSMS app, it will check your phone’s location, IMEI, and number to determine the nation area code and language to use in the scam.

When you first launch the app, you’ll be prompted to input your phone number and/or email address in your native language. The software will enrol you up for a premium SMS service that might cost upwards of $40 per month once you enter the information. The software will either display more subscription options or simply stop running at this point. The fraudulent service will then charge you every week.

Furthermore, the fraudulent Android apps are promoted on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and others. Because these social media networks can’t capture everything (assuming they’re even trying), you must weigh the risks before clicking on a dubious ad for a fancy app. These apps have been downloaded over 10.5 million times on Android devices. The good news is that Google has since blacklisted all of the apps involved in this campaign. To make sure you don’t have any bogus apps on your phone, go through the entire list.

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